Uncle Roddus Tramping diary: Tramp No.5
Mt Williams (Arthurs Pass) Date Unknown
Mt Williams is the mountain that rises from the confluence of the Mingha and Edwards rivers before they flow into the Bealey river at the southern end of Arthurs Pass National park. Another one where I don't have the actual date we did this but it was the next weekend following tramp no.4.
With 10 in the party we forded the Bealey river just below where the Mingha river converges. We then followed a well formed track heading up stream on the true left of the Edwards river through the beech forest untill arriving at the Edwards Hut in time for lunch. The weather was cloudy with moderate winds and light drizzle as we left the hut and forded the Edwards after which we climbed a very steep hill up to Williams saddle. Visibility on Mt Williams was pretty lousy so we decided to just drop straight back down from the saddle into the Mingha River and back to the cars. Of course as soon as we hit the valley floor the clouds clear off Mt Williams. Murphy's law!